Hutchinson Builders have been awarded the contract for the T2 Domestic Terminal upgrade project at Cairns Airport.
The first stage of the $55 million project will commence on February 11, with the project due for completion at the end of 2020.
Cairns Airport chief executive officer Norris Carter said the awarding of the contract to Hutchinson Builders was in keeping with the commitment to support the local community.
“Hutchinson have a great track record in the successful delivery of projects across the Far North and their environmental and sustainable work practices are something we really value.” Mr Carter said.
He said the redevelopment would future-proof the terminal for many years to come and ensure that the six million passengers projected to travel through it annually from 2027 had a first-class airport experience.
“We want our passengers to arrive excited and depart delighted,” Mr Carter said.
“The new terminal will provide passengers with a real sense of the region and all it has to offer, with the new lineup of retail and food and beverage options showcasing the region’s local produce to the world.”
Hutchinson’s Cairns team leader Paul De Jong thanked Cairns Airport for providing the opportunity to a local builder.
“Hutchinson Builders has been operating in the Cairns region for over 20 years and we are proud of the strong relationships we have built,” he said.
“As a local builder who employs local workers, we are delighted to be working on this project and look forward to delivering this world-class facility for Cairns.”
The project is expected to generate 350 jobs during the construction phase and another 150 permanent jobs on completion.